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TM)--For those locally seeking a meal and some fellowship on Thanksgiving there will be several opportunities on Thursday. Our Daily Bread located in the 600 block of West Randolph will open at 9:30 Thursday morning. A Thanksgiving meal will be served beginning at 10:30. The drive-thru located on the north side of the building will open at 10:00. Both dine-in and to go meals will be served until 12:30.

 

First Baptist Church in the 400 block of West Maine will be offering a free community meal from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Access will be through the church’s south door and the meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

 

Salvation Army of Enid in the 500 block of North Independence will serve meals beginning at noon in the dining room. Leftovers, if available, will then be served at 6:00 pm.

 

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SB)--The filing period for people seeking school board seats in Garfield County opens at 8:00 a.m. Dec. 6. Seats open for the April 5, 2022, election are:

 

• Enid Public Schools, Office 4, Office 5 and an unexpired term for Office 7.

 

• Office 2 seats in Chisholm, Covington-Douglas, Drummond, Garber, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale and Waukomis.

 

• Autry Technology Center, Zone 5.

 

The filing period closes at 5:00 p.m. Dec. 8.

 

Declaration of candidacy forms can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board website at oklahoma.gov/elections, or by contacting the election board office at (580) 237-6016 or GarfieldCounty@elections.ok.gov. Garfield County Election Board is located at 903 Failing and is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

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TS)--In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Enid administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Thursday, and Friday. The library will also be closed on Saturday.

 

The landfill will be closed on Thursday and will be opened with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Meadowlake Golf Course will be closed Thursday and will be opened from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

 

Officials stated Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating on Thursday or Friday in observance of the holiday; however, Enid Transit will be operating on Saturday.


NOTE: Due to the holiday, Thursday’s regular trash route will be collected on Monday, November 22th, 29th, and December 2nd.

 

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GM)--A longtime Enid school administrator and retired Air Force veteran will flip the switch this week to light the country’s largest fresh cut Christmas tree. Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Lyntel Murphy will be the Grand Lighting Marshal of the Christ Tree at the tree’s lighting ceremony near downtown during Enid Lights Up the Plains on Friday. During the ceremony Murphy will switch on the 20,000 lights hanging from the 140-foot fir tree, which will also be decorated with 10,000 ornaments where it sits on Park Avenue between Grand and Independence. The kickoff ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday following the Enid Lights Up the Plains Christmas Lights parade around the downtown square. Fireworks will also shoot off at 7:30. The One event series will then run until Jan. 6, 2022, featuring dozens of Christmas-themed events such as concerts, markets and church services.

 

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IR)—The “Holidays on Ice” ice skating rink in Stride Bank Center’s south parking lot in downtown is open. Around 10,000 skaters took to the ice last winter. This year the rink will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, but closed Christmas day. Season tickets and group events and parties can be ordered now through Stride Bank Center by calling (580) 616-7381.

 

 

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CP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation will host “Christmas in the Park” at Meadowlake Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 27th, December 4th, 11th, and 18th. Christmas in the Park will be a drive-thru only event. Each vehicle will be given a bag of goodies as they enjoy the Christmas cruise. There will be lights and characters posted on both the North and South sides of the park.

 

The City of Enid will also be hosting a toy drive for “Toys for Tots” and will have a drop-off section for collecting new, unwrapped toys. In addition to the “Christmas in the Park” event, there will be a Santa Stroll 5K, Fun Run, and Santa Walk event at Meadowlake Park at on Saturday, December 4th. The rain date for the Santa Stroll event is Saturday, December 18th. For more information and to register for the Santa Stroll, go to the following link: https://santastroll5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=14845.

 

The parks department will have “Photos with Characters” from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17th at Meadowlake Park South Pavilion #1. Meadowlake Park is located at 1200 West Rupe Avenue, Enid, OK 73701. For more info on the events, go to: Enid.org/ChristmasInThePark.

 

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BU)--The Enid Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make sure you make it to the table this Thanksgiving. Because the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest for America, more drivers will be on the roads than usual, increasing the likelihood of a motor vehicle crash. During this kickoff to the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to stress the importance of seat belt safety with this essential reminder: Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts.

 

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NS)--Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma is hosting the 3rd annual art auction benefiting the Nights of Shelter campaign. The artwork by Amanda Lilley & Amy Clements, will be hanging in Da’Vinci’s Coffeehouse & Gelateria in Willow Plaza. Bidding will take place on the YFS Facebook page. Place your bid by typing it into the comment box of the picture you want. There will be a “Meet the Artist” reception and viewing at the Da’Vinci’s Willow location on Nov. 30th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

 

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